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The Refinery Rooftop is partitioned into three sections: indoor, outdoor and indoor/outdoor. We can't wait to watch the snow falling against the retractable glass roof over the indoor-outdoor section while sipping a new fall cocktails by resident spirit sorcerer, Alex Ott -- we like the Fall Spice Margarita.
The Gansevoort Park Rooftop features a 40-ft indoor/outdoor heated rooftop swimming pool with wrap-around terraces, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and striking city views of the Empire State Building. For the truly winter-averse, the Park Lounge offers an indoor retreat floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Park Avenue.
The partying at the Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking never stops -- not even in the freezing winter thanks to its indoor/outdoor terrace with retractable glass roof.
A truly year-round destination, Jimmy at the James has cozy fireplaces to keep you warm -- before or after making use of the private rooftop pool and outdoor showers.
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Looking at cocktails menus these days, it’s clear bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves), are shaking and stirring drinks intended to warm your insides—perfect for the crisp, fall weather many of us are experiencing.
These are some seasonal sips from some of our favorite hotel bars.
If you’ve never heard of “Movember” before, you can read about the male mustache-focused charity here. This year the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is supporting the cause with its Whiskey & Whiskers drink served at their Bernard’s bar. 20% of the proceeds from the $16 drink will be donated to the Movember Foundation. We love the mustache-stencil garnish created with sprinkles of ginger-cinnamon powder.
We haven't quite managed to get a peek inside the 285 guestrooms of the recently opened, Stonehill + Taylor-designed NYLO NYC, but we have, at least, checked out their lobby bar, which goes by the name of LOCL.
We stopped by on weekday afternoon to find plenty of available seating at all four of the bar's differently styled areas. First there's the sidewalk café, accessible through a large glass garage door:
Then there's the library,stocked with locally appropriate books and a chess table; the main bar is surrounded by exposed brick and metal, and finally, there's the piano lounge, filled with chairs and sofas of different colored fabrics and a bright red piano -- that's where we settled in.
So, you know which hotel bar has the best scotch collection, but, with apple season in full swing, perhaps you have a hankering for a good Calvados.
In that case, may we recommend you head up to the Intercontinental New York Barclay's Barclay Bar, where, with 92 labels this season, you'll find the country's biggest collection of apple brandy of Normandy France.
At first we wondered if we would soon be witness to a hotel whisky death match in Edinburgh, then we realized: it's Scotland, there's room for more than one whisky hotel.
The whisky, which is named Nira Caledonia, comes from Tullibardine, a single-malt distillery in the Perthshire region that has been in operation since 1949. It is an Aged Oak Single Malt with cereal and vanilla tones with a slight fruitiness, and the hotel's bar, Blackwood's, is the only place in Edinburgh where you can try it.
Sip the Pink Cotton Candy Cocktail in support of breast cancer research
As we mentioned last week, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many hotels are "Thinking Pink", offering packages and programs to support breast cancer research. This week, you can do your part to help in this simple, but fun way--ordering these hotels' blush-hued beverages. Cool cocktails for a cause? We're so in!
The Pinkellini cocktail at deca bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is a sweet and sour sipper of sour cherries, yuzu, lime and tangerine juices added to Brut Champagne. The cocktail is $14 and half of the proceeds for each drink will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation, a local breast cancer research initiative.
During daily happy hour this month, the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco's Brasserie S&P bar will feature an assortment of pink drinks like the Victorian Drop made with Purity vodka, rose water, lemon, and hibiscus rose sugar. $1 from each beverage will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The restaurants and Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills will shake up limited edition Pink Stoli Strawberry Cosmo cocktails. They're made with Stoli Strawberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice. Order this sipper to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
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Keeping with our series of bending the ear of our favorite barkeeps, we recently had the opportunity to find out what NoMI Lounge Manager and bartender, Kevin Beary, at the Park Hyatt Chicago thinks about the industry's preferred poisons.
HotelChatter: So, what's your bar-tending journey?
Kevin Beary: I started my hotel bar career at the historic Bellevue in Philadelphia and moved to the iconic Clover Club.
HC: NoMI is quite the destination in Chicago, with an ideal location and great reputation, what is your thought process when designing a new cocktail menu?
KB: A new cocktail list is like the first day of school. It's a little nerve racking but exciting at the same time. It allows me to be creative yet still stay true to the NoMI experience.
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It's crazy to think that a hotel that can offer a view like this would keep it covered up, but, until this summer, that's exactly what the Novotel New York Times Square was doing.
Luckily Stonehill + Taylor, the design firm behind the NoMad, Refinery, and Ace Hotels, got hold of the Novotel Time Square (the European brand's only U.S. property) and, as well as giving the rooms a characteristically hip new look, also opened up the 5,700-square foot seventh-floor wraparound terrace into the beauty you see now. Behold the new Supernova bar.
Leona Helmsley had a reputation for mean-spiritedness, and was famously known as the "Queen of Mean," but there was something sweet about the tyrannical hotelier -- a small, white, fluffy Maltese named Trouble, who, herself, was a very rich lady.
Helmsley, who was the original owner of the 909-room The New York Palace, demanded that Trouble be called "the princess," never "the dog," and bequeathed the pampered pup a $12 million dollar trust fund when she died in 2007. The New York Palace, as part of the luxury hotel's $140 million renovation, has just opened a new bar named Trouble's Trust in honor of the pooch.
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Does The Sofitel LA still have that certain je ne sais quoi we've come to love about Sofitels? A HotelChatter Review
We noticed earlier this year that some changes were afoot at Sofitel Los Angeles, with both a new restaurant and bar coming to the Beverly Hills outpost of the French brand, replacing SimonLA and Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose. Just this past weekend, we had a chance to check it out in more detail, spending the night here while in town.
Check-In: We drove to the Sofitel from LAX, which takes about 45 minutes if traffic isn’t too bad. Valet parking is $34 a day (with in and out privileges), which adds up quickly. Reception is to your left as you enter the black marble lobby, with a beautiful black and white drawing of Los Angeles behind the desk, contrasting with deep purple flower arrangements. After the typical bonjour-greeting, we were on our way to our third-floor room in minutes.
The James Chicago has always been a bona fide "cool" spot for boutique hotel lovers as well as "food enthusiasts" but now it's destined to be the place for (refined) drinkers with its new JIMMY Chicago bar.
A spin-off of the popular spot JIMMY at the James Hotel in New York, this Windy City Jimmy is done by the same partners, David Rabin, Larry Poston and Johnny Swet. While it doesn't have a killer rooftop location, it does have a semi-secret entrance.
JIMMY is located behind the new Burke's Bacon Bar, the sandwich shop from Chef David Burke. And yes, that's located inside the hotel as well. Here are some step-by-step directions to getting into JIMMY:
Enter through the side of the hotel, then walk to the back of Burke’s Bacon Bar thorough a small vestibule room lined with sparkling chrome ball chain curtains.
Once inside, you'll find a "jewel box of a cocktail bar" designed by Thomas Schlesser, reminiscent of the 1970s with earth tones, bronze surfaces, lounge chairs, a wood-paneled bar and sexy low lighting.
But what will catch your eye the most is the cocktail menu, which is inspired by cinema. JIMMY partner and NYC star mixologist, Johnny Swet, has hand-crafted each drink such as the Bondsman (apple brandy, vodka, lime, cranberry juice, agave and seltzer) and the Mexican Julep (tequila, watermelon, lime, agave and cilantro muddled in a silver cup with crushed ice.)
If that photo above tickles your fancy -- for both the Scotch collection and the be-kilted Scotsman -- you'll want to be adding Edinburgh's The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte property to your hotel bucket list.
The five-star landmark hotel, located on the city's main Princes Street, has just opened SCOTCH a new signature whisky bar located in its former drawing room space that features the largest collection of purely Scottish whiskies available to the general public in Edinburgh.